Curriculum & Materials

Changing the World, One Story at a Time

What stories have you heard that have transformed your life? This is a fundamental question underlying the StoryCorps project. With the mission “to preserve and share humanity’s stories in order to build connections between people and create a more just and compassionate world,” the project invites people from all over the United States to share their stories.

Telling our stories and having them heard can be life-changing. However, listening to these stories can also be a “catalyst for change,” asserts Tramaine Chelan’gat Hugie, the former director of community engagement at StoryCorps. Check out five memorable stories to start with here and watch how the project got started below.

How could you use some of the stories featured in your language classes? How does storytelling become a path for change for language learners?

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About clwoelk

Cheryl Woelk is coordinator of Language for Peace and specializes in language and peace education in multicultural contexts. She holds an MA in Education and a graduate certificate in Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA. Cheryl currently lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her spouse and son.

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Cheryl Woelk is coordinator of Language for Peace and specializes in language and peace education in multicultural contexts. She holds an MA in Education and a graduate certificate in Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University in Virginia, USA. Cheryl currently lives in Saskatchewan, Canada with her spouse and son.

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